Science

Elf on a (Really High) Shelf! Astronaut Brings Christmas Cheer to Space Station

While NASA astronaut Anne McClain can't take her son to space with her, she's spreading Christmas cheer for all kids watching her cosmic Elf on the Shelf campaign.
Topics: Astronaut, Christmas, Space, NASA

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NASA's 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon.
Topics: NASA, Space, Moon, Anniversaries, Christmas, Astronaut

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Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day

The launch of a new GPS satellite has been postponed for one day because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit.
Topics: Satellites, Space, SpaceX

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Elon Musk's SpaceX set to raise $500 mn: report

Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX plans to raise $500 million to help launch its satellite internet service, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Topics: SpaceX, Space, Satellites

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Saturn is losing its iconic planetary rings

The most iconic planet in the solar system is losing the very thing that draws the human gaze its way. Saturn, the jewel of Earth’s celestial neighbors, is losing its rings. Two NASA space probes—Voyager 1 and Voyager 2—have played pivotal...
Topics: Saturn, Space, NASA

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Scientists develop method to visualize a genetic mutation

A team of scientists has developed a method that yields, for the first time, visualization of a gene amplifications and deletions known as copy number variants in single cells.
Topics: Genetics

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Could Life on Mars Be Lurking Deep Underground?

To find life on Mars, scientists may need to "go deep."
Topics: Mars, Space

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Cancellations scrub out hopes for a banner day of rocket launches

Update December 18th: 9:30AM ET: It seems that Rocket Tuesday is shifting to Rocket Wednesday. SpaceX’s launch has also been postponed until Wednesday. ULA’s Delta IV Heavy is the only rocket still scheduled to fly today. Update December 18th:...
Topics: SpaceX, Space

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New megalibrary approach proves useful for the rapid discovery of new materials

Different eras of civilization are defined by the discovery of new materials, as new materials drive new capabilities. And yet, identifying the best material for a given application—catalysts, light-harvesting structures, biodiagnostic labels,...
Topics: Scientific Discoveries

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Google Assistant will alert you if it thinks your flight will be delayed

Google Assistant will soon be able to alert you if your flight is delayed. Using historical flight status data and machine learning, the service can even predict a flight delay before it's been officially confirmed. The post Google Assistant will...
Topics: Google

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'Farout' is the farthest Solar System object known to date

The reach of the Solar System extends well beyond the full-size planets, and that's becoming clearer than ever with a new discovery. Astronomers have detected 2018 VG18 "Farout," which is the most distant Solar System object known to...
Topics: Space, Scientific Discoveries

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Russia, China Team Up to Modify Atmosphere, Possibly for Military Use – Report

The joint effort involved a Russian atmosphere heating facility pumping microwaves into the upper atmosphere while a Chinese surveillance satellite handled the data gathering in orbit, allowing the researchers to gauge the result of their...
Topics: Military, Microwaves, Satellites, Space

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Scientist Warns a Cosmic 'Big Rip' Will Tear Universe Apart, Recycle It - Report

The astrophysicist claimed that this destructive event of cosmic proportions may not exactly herald the end of all life as we know it, but rather result in cosmic inflation and, eventually, a new Big Bang.
Topics: Big Bang, Astrophysics

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Major storms bearing down on Pacific Northwest, California

Lots of rainfall and flooding are possible this week.

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Mystery of coronae around supermassive black holes deepens

Researchers from RIKEN and JAXA have used observations from the ALMA radio observatory located in northern Chile and managed by an international consortium including the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) to measure, for the first...
Topics: Black Holes

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Broading the biodiversity catalogue of spider populations in the Iberian Peninsula

The biodiversity catalogue of the Iberian Peninsula spiders is now adding the discovery of a dozen new species -- from seven different families -- that are mainly found in edaphic environments (soil), according to a new article.
Topics: Biodiversity, Scientific Discoveries

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Planets? Who Needs ‘Em! A Massive Star Forms a Companion Instead

The universe is full of surprises, and a colossal young star has been hiding a stellar one. While observing infant star MM 1a, astronomers found that its massive disk was actually forming another star instead of planets. The much smaller companion,...
Topics: Space

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Assessing the promise of gallium oxide as an ultrawide bandgap semiconductor

In microelectronic devices, the bandgap is a major factor determining the electrical conductivity of the underlying materials. Substances with large bandgaps are generally insulators that do not conduct electricity well, and those with smaller...
Topics: Semiconductors

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Magnetoresistance ratio enhancement in Heusler-based alloy

Magnetic field sensors can enhance applications that require efficient electric energy management. Improving magnetic field sensors below the picoTesla range could enable a technique to measure brain activity at room temperature with millisecond...

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Explaining differences in rates of evolution

Scientists look to fossils and evolutionary trees to help determine the rate of evolution -- albeit with conflicting results. A new model has helped to resolve these contradictions.
Topics: Fossils, Paleontology

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